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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Here and Now

EnterTwainment

Mark Twain scholar George Frein will don the garb and talk the talk of one of American literature's most beloved, but often controversial, authors 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. Frein, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at the University of North Dakota, is one of three scholars who will portray authors in the Washington Center for the Book's Living Literature Series. The free programs are made possible by gifts from the Mary McLellan Williams and the O'Donnell foundations, the National Endowment for Humanities and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. The other authors to be portrayed are Louisa May Alcott and Langston Hughes. For more information: 206-386-4636.

Museum blessing

The African American Museum Community Campaign kicks off with a blessing ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the former Colman School, 23rd Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street. The museum's goal is to foster understanding through exhibitions, educational offerings and events.

Today in history

1926: Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre first opened its doors. In an era marked by the debut of several posh entertainment venues, the 5th Avenue opening ceremony, one of the most elaborate ever conceived for Seattle audiences, included a street festival that brought thousands into Seattle's downtown. Costing more than $1 million, the theater formed the centerpiece of the new Skinner Building on Fifth Avenue between Union and University streets. The venue was designed to showcase shows that featured motion pictures and stage productions on the same bill. The interior of the 5th Avenue was one of the most lavish on the West Coast, embracing Seattle's growing connection to the Far East by employing a Chinese theme. (From HistoryLink.org)

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.

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